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Look what I saw today

Look what I found clinging to my house today…  
It’s Daddy Long Legs! 

#AtoZChallenge: Ewoks

  

 

From the Starwars.com databank

The Ewoks are sentient furred bipeds native to the moon of Endor. They are curious individuals that stand about one meter tall. They are extremely skilled in forest survival and the construction of primitive technology like gliders and catapults. 

If you love them or hate them the creatures known as Ewoks are part of official Star Wars cannon.   When these characters were introduced in Star Wars The Return of The Jedi, I did not latch on to them like I did to Chewbacca or even the droids.  However, I did think they were cute.  What I do have is a great respect for the actors that played these charaters.  Therefore, I am looking forward to meeting some of the actors behind these characters at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

  

Some of the questions I would like to ask these actors include:

What did they know about these charaters before they got to the set?

How did they prepare for the role?

How long did it take for them to be dressed for the character?

What stunts, if any did they do during the film?

So, if I get a chance to interview any of these actors who played an Ewok, what would you ask them?

  




#AtoZBlogChallenge: Angels

A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Angels

Angels are usually portrayed as good and kind entities, especially in Western culture. However, some stories have portray them as evil, bad or just not kind. Below are few examples of how angels are not portrayed as the good and kind entities:

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Anime)

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In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Angels are hostile beings that are determined to destroy all human life.

DN Angel (Anime & Manga)
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In DN Angel, the character of Dark Mousy is a roguish thief with black angel wings and steals painting and hearts alike.

Doctor Who (TV Series)

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In the BBC Series, Doctor Who, the Weeping Angels, are an ancient race of alien monsters that look like angel statues. These monsters can kill by sending their victims back through time. This allows them to feast on the energy of their unlived days.

Dogma (Movie)

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In the 1999 movie, Dogma, by Kevin Smith. Ben Afflick and Matt Damon play two renegade angels that want to get back into heaven, but need to destroy creation in order to accomplish it!

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Upcoming Adventure: Yets!

I recently attended Motor City Comic Con and met author and illustrator Mike Bocianowski in Artist’s Alley. When I visited his table, I saw some illustrations of some very cute looking creatures. I instantly wanted to learn more about them. As I was looking at the illustrations, the artist formally introduced me to them. These cute creatures are called YETS.

What are YETS?

YETS are creatures who have no name as of yet. They live in the giant Treeworld of Chlem. Humans couldn’t pronounce the real name of these creatures, so they renamed them Yets

It did not take much persuasion on the artist’s part to convince me to buy YETS! 1: The Adventure Begins, which is the first volume of the graphic novel series starring the YETS.

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After only reading the first pages of this volume, I noticed that the artwork was very crisp, clean and easy to follow. In addition, the story was interesting and the dialog was fast paced. I could tell right away that this was going to be an interesting adventure. Therefore, I went back the next day to Mike Bocianowski’s table and bought the other two volumes of the series as well.

These volumes have now been added to my ever growing to be read (TBR) pile. Once I read the entire series, I will write a review and post it here.

#AtoZChallenge Zillo Beast

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A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Zillo Beast

What is the Zillo Beast?

The Zillo Beast is a very large lizard like creature from the Star Wars Universe. This creature was featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 episodes, “The Zillo Beast” & “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back“. Below is the entry from the Article on the Zillo Beast on starwars.com:


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  • Concept Art of Zillo Beast from Starwars.com


  • DESCRIPTION: An ancient creature accidentally unearthed on Malastare during an intense battle of the Clone Wars, the Zillo Beast was a monster of legend. The enormous animal proved to be nearly invulnerable to Republic weaponry, prompting intense interest from Chancellor Palpatine. At his order, the creature was incapacitated and transported to a supposedly secure research facility on Coruscant. The Zillo Beast would not be caged, however, and it broke free from its restraints, running wild through the crowded thoroughfares of the capital, leaving swaths of destruction in the wake of its titanic rampage.

    STATS
    Appearances: The Clone Wars
    Homeworld: Malastare
    Gender: Male
    Height: 97 meters long

    I thought that the Zillo Beast was a great addition to the Star Wars Universe. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars team did a fantastic job of creating and characterizing this creature during the two episodes it appeared on-screen.

    No words can express just how awesome The Zillo Beast looked on screen, even in animated form. Eric Goldman from IGN says it best in his review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back:

    “The way the animators showed the Zillo’s shear mass, and how every move it made was destroying property and vehicles — and yes, sending some to their doom — was incredibly impressive to behold”

    The sheer size and scale of this creature, as seen in the images from starwars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode guide below, is just simply amazing and to me felt very realistic.

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    The Zillo Beast is also portrayed as something more than just a dumb creature, despite it’s size and scale. The following from Stooge’s review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back from clubjade.com says it better than I can:

    “In fact, Zillo may be the smartest dude on Coruscant, since it’s the only one who can see Palpatine for who he is.”

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  • Teaser Poster advertising the Zillo Beast episodes
  • Update: per a Tweet from Star Wars guru Pablo Hidalgo, “Dave Filoni did the original sketches (for the Zillo Beast) and Randy Bantog did the final design”.

    Thanks for answering my question Pablo!

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